Arthur Armstrong, RHA (1924 - 1996)
Arthur Armstrong was born in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim in 1924. As an artist, he was very much part of the development of modern art in Ireland in the postwar years, alongside his fellow artists, Gerard Dillon, George Campbell and Daniel O'Neill. He trained at the Belfast College of Art, before moving to London in the 1950's where he stayed with Dillon and Campbell. However, all three artists struggled to make a living from painting while in London, and in 1962, Armstrong moved to Dublin, where he lived for the rest of his life. He showed regularly at exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast, and also internationally, in England, Spain and the United States. In 1968 he was awarded the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal at the annual Oireachtas Exhibition. He also collaborated with George Campbell and Gerard Dillon, designing the set for Sean O' Casey's play "Juno and the Paycock" at the Abbey Theatre in 1969.